Very loosely based on the circumstances surrounding the writing of Fyodor Dostoevsky's novel The Gambler
, this romantic comedy gets off to a slow and oddly pitched start before settling into its own pleasant groove. Suffering from severe writer's block, Boston-based novelist Alex Sheldon (Luke Wilson) is being hounded by the Cuban loan sharks tired of waiting for him to pay off his substantial gambling debt. He could come
up with the cash by delivering his newest novel into his editor, but that would mean writing it in a matter of 30 days. The thugs work Sheldon over and destroy his laptop, so he decides his best chance to beat the deadline is to hire a...